Leon Wilkeson found dead.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by MJB, Jul 27, 2001.

  1. I'm not a Lynyrd fan, but I saw the band's history on the VH1 program "Behind The Music" and I found out about that tragic plane crash they had where they lost Gaines (was that his last name?) and Van Zandt. You'd think it would be enough tragedy but no.

    A bassist passes away... we all feel it. RIP indeed.

    Same goes for Benjamin Orr (Cars) and the guy from Loverboy (can't remember his name but died shortly after Orr); both of whom were among those who inspired me to move to the bass.
  2. Jeb


    Jul 22, 2001
    I am very sorry to hear this news. Leon was an icon to me, I loved how he could boogie on 4 strings. An all-time great. Legend even. Curious as to the details, but sad nonetheless.
  3. gruffpuppy

    gruffpuppy Guest

    Aug 15, 2000
    In your basement.
    Wow, haven't listened to LS in a while but I always loved his playing.

    Do we know how or why he died?
  4. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    I liked Leon.....he had a super sense of humor and was a SOLID bass player. It's just a sad thing to hear about....:(
  5. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    This is sad. While I don't like Lynard Skynard's music particularly, I admired Leon wilkenson and would be happy to play bass as well as he did. His lines were the RIGHT lines for the music.

    I loved the way he changed his hats several times during a performance. I thought that showed good humor and he had an amazing collection of hats.

    What I wonder is what happens now? LS is touring right now. They will be in Nashville soon. Do they postpone the tour or is there someone (here at TalkBass) who can step in and play Wilkenson's lines?

    He was only 49. That's just way to young to die. And hasn't that band been racked with tragedy, much like the Allman Brothers! I guess bands that last that long do go through a lot of "history" while they struggle to survive.

    RIP, Leon. You will be greatly missed.

    On a side note, haven't we gone through a bunch of bassists recently? Bobby Sheehan, Allen Woody, Leon Wilkenson, and a few others.
  7. Funkster

    Funkster Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Wow!! one of the reasons I picked up the bass was Leon.
    He will be sadly missed by all, I just caught the free HBO Special Live At Steetown and they were awesome.
  8. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    While not a LS fan at all, I believe there really is a brotherhood and sisterhood of bassists that is closer than that of most other instruments, for some reason. A loss of one of our brothers is a deep loss indeed. My prayers are with you, brother....
  9. td1368


    Jan 9, 2001
    That's very sad. I'd consider myself a fan of LS although the last time I saw them was a couple of years ago.

    FWIW the bassist from Loverboy ws swept off a boat by a 25 foot wave off the coast of S.F. Too weird.
  10. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    He was a great bass player with a awfull recorded tone! But man could he play! I will miss him very much!
  11. nanook

    nanook Guest

    Feb 9, 2000
    How can anyone not like Lynard Skynard music?

    They, along with groups like the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker and Elvin Bishop, formed the backbone of Southern Rock.

    It's a hybrid music with blues and country overtones. Thank God they came along and saved us from that stinking Limey Rock.

    I will miss Leon Wilkenson just like I miss Berry Oakley and Tommy Caldwell. The good die young, sort of.
  12. OMG!

    I cut my teeth on L.S.

    Back then I had no idea who played bass......now I do and am suitably depressed.

    R.I.P. Leon.